Monthly Archives: February 2007

Taking stock and the way forward

On 13 February a stock taking session took place in Geneva. The IGF website offers transcripts and audio recordings from the meeting.

A list of participants is available here.

The full transcript of the meeting is available for download and the Chairman’s closing remarks can be downloaded separately for easy access.

Audio recordings of the interventions made during the stock-taking session are also available from the IGF site.


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Internet Governance Forum: Is It More Than Talk?

Internet Governance Forum: Is It More Than Talk?
By Monika Ermert for Intellectual Property Watch
Multi-stakeholder “dynamic coalitions” of the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) are pushing to have privacy, intellectual property, open standards and freedom of expression on the agenda of the second meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next autumn.


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FOEonline Coalition presented in Geneva – New Coalition founded

The ‘Dynamic Coalition on Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media on the Internet (FOEonline)’ has been presented today by Christian Möller at the IGF stock-taking event in Geneva:

‘I would very briefly like to introduce the “Dynamic Coalition on Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media on the Internet”.

Already, the 2003 Geneva Declaration reaffirms Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – which is the right of freedom of expression – as an “essential foundation of the information society”. At the same time, experience shows that this freedom is endangered worldwide. A number of workshops in Athens addressed this topic, and as an outcome, the Freedom of Expression Online Coalition has been set up.

This coalition will prepare background documents, discuss principles of free expression online, and feed into the IGF process, as well as provide input to the next IGF meeting in Rio.

At the moment, the coalition already has more than ten partners from different sectors, including, for example, the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, UNESCO, Reporters sans frontières, or Amnesty International. And, of course, it’s open for more supporters. Contact details and a mailing list of the coalition can be found on the IGF Web site.

And there is also a first preliminary coalition Web site that can be found at This is an open platform that can be used for contributions by all of the coalition partners.

Concluding, let me assure you that there is also cooperation with other coalitions, for example, with those on privacy or access on information, to avoid duplications of activities and to be more focused and efficient in our work.

I’m very much looking forward to continue the work within the dynamic coalitions which I think are very interesting and useful concepts for the IGF process.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.’

During this meeting a number of other Dynamic Coalitions have been presented. In addition, a new Dynamic Coalition on Online Collaboration has been announced, which aims at at providing other coalitions with online collaboration tools in order to help them carry out their tasks in the most efficient and effective way possible.

The whole transcript of the morning session can be found at


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Paris: New Media – The Press Freedom Dimension

The World Press Freedom Committee, the World Association of Newspapers/World Editors Forum and UNESCO are inviting to a conference on: New Media: The Press Freedom Dimension, Challenges and Opportunities of New Media for Press Freedom from 15 to 16 February 2007 at the UNESCO Headquarters, Paris.

The program can be found here.

If a couple of you is going there, maybe this woud be an opportunity to organize some informal meeting at the side of this conference.

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Stock-taking Meeting in Geneva

A stock-taking session open to all stakeholders will be held on 13 February 2007 at the Palais des Nations, United Nations Office in Geneva (Room XX).

The aim of the meeting is to take stock of the Athens meeting, assess what worked well and what worked less well and make suggestions with regard to the preparation of the meeting in Rio de Janeiro.

More information: Taking stock and the way forward

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Heise: OSZE für Medienfreiheit im Internet

The Internet news service Heise is reporting on the FOE coalition, the IGF and the workshop on ‘Global Dimensions of Internet Governance’ held at Graz University last month (German only):

OSZE für Medienfreiheit im Internet

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